appetizer/food ideas for a spring cocktail party?
Am planning a spring cocktail party for about 50 people at the end of March. Will make a few different pitcher-cocktail recipes and want food to be somewhat in line with theme. Anyone have ideas? Can be appetizers or even something more substantial. I need for at least some of them to be make-ahead or freeze-ahead, since I'll be doing everything myself. Thanks in advance!
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Smoky pickled asparagus spears. Nice serving idea of spears upright in glasses:
Smoked trout, creme fraiche, dill on baguette toasts
Pea shooters - shot glasses of cold spring pea or pea shoot soup
Gougeres with ham or prosciutto bits and cheese. For 50, given the last-minute nature of the puffs, it would help to have a few slaves on hand. But nothing will disappear faster.
Baked brie and jam (apricot? that's springy) on toasts
Decor - if doing some of this outside, DIY ice luminary "candles"
Spring flowers or petals mixed with green leaves (azalea, cherry blossom, daffodil, grape hyacinth, etc.)
Or if ice won't work for your setting, line vases with leaves and flowers. Just do a search on the phrase "line vase with leaves" and you'll see plenty of tips
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Some easy-work items like a cheese plate, homemade bread sticks, nuts and dips reduce work, and give you time to prep items that need last minute attention. Even these mundane things can be dressed up nicely.
Oven roasted bite size 'meat balls' are easy to prepare - and can be made from fish, chicken, lamb, beef or pork, and flavoured to suit your chosen theme. Served with beautiful garnishes and sauces, they can impress more than the relevant amount of effort! A sticky sauce helps them colour in the oven, and an occassional shake helps them stay more round.
Roast marinated king shrimp (tails on) over salt, and serve on mini skewers.
A few lovely salads with some protein and crunch can be served on spoons to lighten things up.
Decorate serving plates with EDIBLE flowers, and freeze others in ice cubes for your drink pitchers.